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COVID vaccination compulsory for Italy’s over-50s

 - COVID-19 - Jan 6 SHARE ON:
COVID vaccination compulsory for Italy’s over-50s

Italy has just made it obligatory for people aged 50 or over to be vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as the country continues to try and ease hospital pressure and death due to a massive case spike. 

This is one of the tougher vaccine mandates in Europe and will be taking effect immediately. The move was unanimously supported by ministers despite divisions between the parties that make up Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s cabinet. 

Workplace vaccine rules were also tightened in Italy, making it such that from 15th of February, people aged over 50 who are in jobs in either public or private sectors, will have to present a health pass proving immunisation or recovery from COVID. 

With the Omicron variant increasing pressures on hospitals, Italy registered 189,109 new infections on Wednesday and 231 deaths. This bring up the death toll to 138,276 which is the second highest in Europe behind the UK. 

Italy’s health minister Roberto Speranza said that two thirds of COVID patients in ITUs were unvaccinated, as were 50% of the patients being treated in ordinary wards. Business leaders urged the government to make the jab mandatory for all workers over fears that the latest wave could slow down the economy. 

Prime Minister Draghi said that ‘we want to slow the growth of the infection curve and push Italians who are not yet vaccinated to get vaccinated. We are targeting he age groups which are most at risk of hospitalisation in order to reduce pressure on hospitals and save lives. At the same time, we want to keep schools and business open.’

With vaccination obligatory already for health workers, teachers and the police in Italy, Austria is also making vaccination mandatory for over-14s as of February with Germany also planning to introduce vaccine mandates for adults. 

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People with pets instead of kids show selfishness says Pope Francis

 - Culture - Jan 6 SHARE ON:
People with pets instead of kids show selfishness says Pope Francis

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that people who substitute having kids by having pets show a certain level of selfishness. 

He was speaking on parenthood during a Vatican general audience where he lamented about pets sometimes taking the place of children. 

He said that ‘today we see a form of selfishness. We see that some people do not to have a child. Sometimes they have one and that’s it, but they have dogs and cats that take the place of children.’

‘This may make people laugh but it is a reality’ the Church leader said. ‘This practice is a denial of fatherhood and motherhood and diminishes us, takes away our humanity.’ 

Pope Francis is not known to have a pet at his Vatican residence, unlike his predecessor Benedict XVI who was an avid cat lover. 

Addressing the statement, Italy’s International Organisation for the Protection of Animals (OIPA) said that it was ‘evident that for Francis, animal life is less important than human life. But those who feel that life is saved love life beyond species.’ 

This isn’t the first time Pope Francis expressed this opinion, having said in 2014 that having kids is very hard and relationships with animals is much easier. He also previously said that the developing world is experiencing a demographic winter. 

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Here’s why Peppi Azzopardi would vote PN during the next election

 - Local - Jan 6 SHARE ON:
Here’s why Peppi Azzopardi would vote PN during the next election

Speaking on MaltaDaily’s new show ‘The Interview with Fabian Demicoli’, Xarabank host Peppi Azzopardi endorsed the Opposition and stated why he would vote Nationalist. 

Endorsing the Opposition Party just ahead of this year’s general election, for which no date has yet been revealed, Azzopardi said that the 36,000 vote majority of the PL needs to drastically decrease. 

He said that people should vote for the Nationalist Party because the Labour Party needs to have their majority decease and thus make them realise that they cannot ‘do whatever they wish’. He expressed that he still has leftist views but he would not vote Labour because, for him, they are no longer what the Labour should be. 

Azzopardi also said that when one reads all the stories concerning resignations by Labour MPs, one starts to realise what the mentality within the party is like. He said that the corruption that was enacted by a small group within the party has caused immense global damage just because they believed they could do anything. 

He said that since PL will still take government following the next election, people should vote for PN so that the margin isn’t as drastic. Azzopardi also revealed that he would vote PN because he likes voting for the underdog and, according to him, the Nationalist Party currently occupies that position. 

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Peppi Azzopardi would contest with Nationalist Party if he entered politics

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Peppi Azzopardi would contest with Nationalist Party if he entered politics

Speaking on MaltaDaily’s new show ‘The Interview with Fabian Demicoli’, Xarabank host Peppi Azzopardi said that he would contest the general election with the Nationalist Party were he to enter the political race. 

When asked by Demicoli, the Xarabank host said that were he to run for politics he would contest with the Nationalist Party and serve the remainder of his life in politics. 

However, he said that he wants to take this decision collectively with his family. Despite his son supporting the decision, his wife does not and thus he refrains from doing so. 

He opened up about previous decisions he took, saying that he usually took decisions without checking with those close around him and later realised he pulled them into a very tricky situation. He said this decision needs to be taken with his family in mind. 

His wife Mandy still does not support the decision, with Peppi revealing her frustration of her husband entering new politically charged situations. He also revealed that entering into politics involves a lot of work and even threats. 

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